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What are the best better alternatives?

In the future we know what better alternatives of the past turned out to be the best. Right now we don't know and should aim to find out. This should be our biggest project.

Designs for a better future

When bringing a compleet set (all major topics) of better alternatives together, you'll get a design for a better future. I would like to invite anyone and any group of people to share their design for a better future with everybody. But the best design for a better future is of course: my design. Follow me, and I will guide you towards paradise. No no; that was a joke. If any one or any group claims that their design is superior, take that as a big red flag. It is of course good if you believe in your design, but keeping power hungry creeps out of control I believe is one of the major goals.

So how should we go about discovering the best combination of the best of the better alternatives?


What if we don't apply the better alternatives?

Yes, let us first think about what will probably happen if we don't take the effort to move and accelerate towards the next level? Well; we will stay at our current level. A level however is dynamic not static. If I compare my county to my county 50 years ago, a lot has changed, but never in these 50 years has a complete plan for a better future been developed and executed. The change has come from many incremental steps. You could say that my county has been on the same track, the same path, all that time. Staying on track and slowly adapting isn't that bad, but in order to get to the next level, we have to stop this train and get on a new track. Starting with a clean slate is necessary in many cases to get the change that we want. Do we want this change anyways? In this case yes because the definition of "the next level" = "the changes that most of us want, but can't get to while continuing as is".
To all who think "I don't want change, I like it the way it is", know that: war, poverty, corruption, pollution, and the slowly dying of species on our planet, are all properties of our current level. Do I think that the next level will be paradise, free of troubles? No of course not, but it will be significantly better. And again; the track we are on now is dynamic, it can get slightly better or go deep downhill from here. I personally think we (all people on Earth) are extremely vulnerable on our current track, and I don't get many positive vibes from looking ahead on this track. I want to feel more safe and get more positive vibes from looking into the future.

I would like to invite everyone to seriously think about better alternatives. Start with a clean slate, think out of the box, out of the current system, but within the possibilities of this universe. ABe critical about your own opinion, do you really agree with yourself? Then again; your idea does not need to perfect, no progress without failures on the road.


Better Details

Every little improvement is one, a better alternative says nothing about its size and small improvements can have huge results. Look into for example how the blue LED has changed the world for the better. The task of developing the blue LED was not an easy job, but the idea was like a Better Detail: we can make green and red LED light, but no blue. IF we can make blue, we can mix neutral RGB light. These can replace incandescent lamps while using less energy. For every 6 polluting coal plans that now run for keeping the lights on, you can then close 5 of them, because LED light uses only 1/6 of the energy.



Better Alternatives

A Better Alternative is about more than a Better Detail but not about everything. It is limited to one topic, about what goals we what to reach there, how that could be done and what resistance can be expected. Example of topics: energy, transport, architecture, school, art, the military, financial businesses, food production, airconditioning, cities, government, trust, freedom & rules, general machine intelligence, and the list goes on.


Better Future

A design for a Better Future is made from a large set of Better Alternatives; all major topics should be included. So much to think and write about, a huge challenge to finish. And what makes a Design for a Better Future more than the sum of it's Better Alternative parts, is that all these parts should connect, just like in reality, where everything is more or less directly or indirectly connected to each other. No individual group or computer is powerful enough to predict how a design for a Better Future is going to run in reality, especially on the long term. We can only make a calculated guess. Anyone that thinks he/she knows exactly what the long term results of applying a design for a Better Future are, is mistaken. This stuff is complex.


These are the actions I think we have to take:


Step 1: Invite every individual and group on earth to think about all kinds of better alternatives, ways to improve the quality of life on Earth, and to share these ideas online with everybody else. Anonymous if necessary as not everybody has the freedom to express their ideas.

Step 2: Collect all these ideas and discover how to manage this data. These ideas should not be collected on forms with boxes. Our minds should be free to write good ideas, not limited by bureaucratic trolls. All media that we can share online is welcome: text, drawings, photos, movies.
But who is going to collect all these ideas? By now the "better alternatives" organization should consists of quite some people and have enough budget.

Step 3: Analyze the ideas.
All ideas have many properties, some unique, most shared. We are not judging yet, just organizing analyzing and sharing all the input. First separation though will be into possible useful and clearly useless contributions. This IS a judgment all right but let met give some examples of clearly useless:
"cut down and burn all the worlds trees, to get free energy"
"comedians should rule the world, for they are funny"
"travel to the future, ask what were the best ideas"
We are looking for ideas that:
- are well thought through
- serious proposals that you honestly believe in
- possible within this reality


Step 4: Select the best ideas.
We'll have to think hard about what the best ideas are. But who are "we"? Who has the right to judge? We have to select the best ideas to continue, but this is not a game with one winner, it is more about collecting the most interesting ingredients from a large spectrum of possible options. Many ideas will be similar to ideas that have been tried in the past, therefore we should look at the past for advice. Good ideas look like good ideas, but reality rules and will most always come up with unintended consequences. Even if we think about all options for a million years, there is just one way to find out..

Step 5: Try many ideas for real, in small settings.
Size small: within a theater play or small town. Do and learn. Adjust where necessary. Analyze and share the results. Although small trails can show a lot, larger experiments over a longer period of time will be different.

Step 6: Try some ideas for real, in larger settings.
Size medium: a large city or a state. Choose from the best results from the smaller experiments, maybe combine what has been learned in different experiments, and apply new experiments in a lower number of larger settings. And again; do and learn. Adjust where necessary. Analyze and share the results.

Step 7: Make a choice for 1 big experiment, apply it on a very large scale.
Size large: within one country or a large state. Large scale experiments can be very different from small and medium scale. And again; do and learn. Adjust where necessary. Analyze and share the results.

Step 8: If successful, invite other states and countries to copy!
If other states or countries become jealous of how a large experiment turned out, that would be perfect! Actually, if nobody else wants to copy the experiment, the experiment has kind of failed or at least should be asked why there is no interest. If an experiment was successful in one country however, that does not guarantee that it will work in an other country! But again; there is one way to find out, you know how.


Do you want to join the search for the better alternatives?
Develop and share your ideas!


Giesbert Nijhuis